land your dream job

If you enroll for the Udacity Nanodegree Plus program, Udacity promise that “you’ll get hired within 6 months of graduating, or we’ll refund 100% of your tuition”. Which is a bold promise. But of course there are terms and conditions to this promise. But this is where is gets interesting to me.

The terms and conditions are so comprehensive that it seems to me that they should be required actions for anyone who is looking for a job!

This is what Udacity require you to do when looking for a job:

Graduate is active in their job search and demonstrates this activity by submitting a minimum of 5 [job] applications per week.

Graduate tracks all applications submitted and clearly organizes status of each such that next steps are clear.

  • Graduate is able to furnish details and communications relating to their job search
  • The application materials must be tailored to the role and company

Graduate continues to build their portfolio of work by regularly working on personal development projects.

  • [for developer roles] complete a minimum average of 6 GitHub commits per week resulting in at least 1 published application or website
  • [for analyst roles] complete a minimum average of 1 project or competition every 2 months resulting in a publicly published report/result

Graduate establishes meaningful connections with an average of 3 relevant industry professionals each week via email, LinkedIn or Twitter resulting in conversation about an open role.

Graduate schedules a 1:1 appointment with [a careers guidance person] if after 2 months they’re not having success in finding work.

You understand that your next job is one step closer to your dream job. To achieve your goal you should ensure that:

  • Applied positions meet the your skill level
  • You don’t reject any offers that match your ability and expectations

I think that everyone looking for a job should be doing these things – not just those in the Udacity Nanodegree program!